Founded in August 2000 by Professor Ghanshyam Shah, Professor S. Parasuraman, Professor Jean Drèze, Mr. N.C. Saxena and Mr. Harsh Mander, the Centre for Equity Studies is an autonomous institution engaged in advocating issues of social justice. It seeks to enquire into the nature and causes of social injustice and inequity and to
collectively, through research and action projects, find methods of moving towards a more equitable and humane world. The Centre for Equity Studies believes in the inherent and intrinsic equal worth of every human being and therefore seek ways of lowering and eventually terminating the gap between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the disempowered, the socially advantaged and the socially oppressed, and the physically ‘able-bodied’ and differently-abled. By engaging in issues of social injustice, we intend to influence and shape public policy and law in favour of India’s most disadvantaged communities through a range of work, primarily spanning research, grassroots engagement for alternative laws and policies and policy design and advocacy.
Through the implementation of such policies alongside the operation of homeless shelters, health and recovery clinics, the Centre for Equity Studies aims to create feasible and sustainable long term solutions toward the care and protection of the underprivileged section of society thereby progressing our society into one that is more humane and just in its nature.